November 29, 2021

The Most Popular Types of Ear Piercings


Ear piercings are the most popular and most common type of body piercing found across the globe. In fact, a majority of the population have at least gotten their earlobe pierced at some point in their life. While everyone knows about ear piercings, not everyone realizes that there are other types of ear piercings out there, too.

Here are some of the most popular types of ear piercing ideas available:

Earlobe Piercing

An earlobe piercing is the most common type of ear piercing and many people are comfortable with this type of piercing. It is very normal for younger children and teens to get their ears pierced, and in some places, it is even a tradition. In most cases, this is done when a child is still just an infant.

Getting a simple lobe piercing can be enough for certain people since you can wear a large variety of different jewelry styles to suit your tastes. You can go for studs, dangly earrings, or chandelier earrings. For many women, having both ears pierced is the norm, while men can typically have just one side which is very common.

The earlobe is quite a fleshy area. It is flexible without any bone or cartilage located in the area, this makes it one of the least painful types of piercings to get. You will just feel a pinch and then the whole process will be over. Some say it’s less painful than getting a flu shot.

Earlobe piercings heal pretty quickly as well, compared to a cartilage piercing. This type of piercing canheal in only 5 to 6 weeks. Just make sure that you keep it clean and follow your piercer’s instructions to avoid infections.

Upper Lobe Piercing

An upper lobe ear piercing will sit higher on the lobe, and it is a great option as a companion piercing to the lobe piercing. While it’s a fairly simple piercing, it will still allow you to achieve that cool factor without much effort. Depending on the size of your ear, you can even get 2, 3 or 4 piercings along the lobe. This lets you wear multiple pieces of jewelry and other styles of earrings.

Still, because this is a fleshy part of the lobe, the pain of getting an upper lobe piercing is usually lower than other types of ear piercings. Just like a lobe piercing, this type will also take about 5 to 6 weeks to heal.

Helix Piercing

The helix piercing is located on the upper ridge of your ear, and it goes through the soft ear cartilage there. This makes up a large area of the ear so it is the perfect spot to get multiple piercings. It’s common for individuals to get 2 or 3 helix piercings. These are called double helix and triple helix piercings, which sit above each other along the upper edge of the ear. Using hoops as jewelry is the most common type of helix jewelry, but you can also go for curved and straight barbells.

Helix piercings can cause more discomfort than a lobe piercing for most people and this pain can last into the healing period too. The helix is a cartilage piercing that can take more time to heal. With a helix, you will probably go through 3 to 6 months for it to be completely healed.

Daith Piercing

The daith piercing is becoming an incredibly popular type of piercing to get among the younger generation. Not only does it look really cool, but some people claim that a daith piercing is able to help reduce migraines and headaches. While there isn’t scientific proof of this, many people who get daith piercings say that it has helped them resolve their severe headaches.

Other than that, a daith piercing is a beautiful-looking piercing that rests right within the ear. It is common to go for a hoop for the daith piercing since it fits along the inner curve of your ear. Another great option would be a horseshoe hoop.

Daith piercings are not as painful as they might look, but it will cause pain and discomfort for most individuals. You can feel an intense sting during the piercing process when the needle passes through the inner cartilage of your ear. People usually experience a painful ache for a few hours after, and the pain can linger for up to a week.

Daith piercings take a long time to heal, sometimes as long as 9 months for some to completely recover. You will need to take special care of it, especially during the beginning stages of healing.

Tragus Piercing

A tragus piercing will sit at the little outcrop of cartilage right above the ear canal. It is the pointy bit that you can feel move from side to side when you touch your ear. There is typically enough room for one piercing on your tragus, but some people who have larger tragi can go for multiple piercings there.

Studs and hoops are common and work beautifully for tragus piercings, and they can make for the most stunning types of jewelry. While a tragus is a bit more complicated compared to other types of ear piercings, it can be a great spot to show off your bling and sense of style.

The tragus has a thicker amount of cartilage, so it will need more pressure and a bit more time to complete it successfully. You will feel pressure during the process, but it might not be as painful as it seems. You will feel a bit of pain and aching for a few hours afterward, and this can last up to several days after you get pierced, but this intensity differs widely from person to person.

A tragus piercing usually takes 3 to 6 months to heal completely, however some people report that they still feel some pain even after 8 months. This is an area that can be likely to get infected, so it will require patience and a very good aftercare routine to make sure that this doesn’t happen.

Rook Piercing

The rook piercing is a complicated piercing to pull off, and it will require a piercer who has experience and skill, so be sure to look for a trusted and licensed piercer to help you with this type of piercing. The rook sits on the upper part of the inside of your ear, where there is a big fold, and since this part of the ear is so thick, it can be quite an intense spot to get pierced for some.

A rook piercing is a great spot to show off a beautiful stud or hoop earring, or even a captive bead ring or a curved barbell. It is one of the more painful types of ear piercings available, and it can be pretty uncomfortable for most people. A large amount of pressure is required during the piercing, so you will feel a sharp pain. Many individuals find that the healing process for a rook piercing is quite painful.

A rook piercing takes a long time to heal, in some cases, it will take 10 months or even up to a year. It needs strict care and patience to make sure that your rook piercing does not get infected during this time.

Conch Piercing

A conch piercing is called a conch piercing because of the fact that it is located in the inner ear, which looks like a conch shell. You are able to get two different types of piercings here, known as the inner conch and the outer conch. Studs are one of the more popular options for jewelry for this type of piercing, but you can also go for a straight or curved barbell, with both looking great as well. This type of piercing is known to be an attractive style of piercing.

This type of piercing will require a lot of pressure to get the piercing through the thick cartilage layer of the inner ear, however the pain won’t last long. For many individuals, it will dull down to a throb and go away after only a few days. For others, it can last for many weeks as a dull throbbing pain. The healing period for the conch piercing can be anywhere from 3 to 9 months and it will depend on how well you can take care of it, and how healthy you are overall.

Industrial Piercing

Industrial piercings is another popular choice as an alternative ear piercing, and it’s a very cool and hip type of piercing to get. It can be a rarer type of piercing, and it does come with a lot of pain, which is worth it for a lot of people. An industrial piercing requires two different holes in the upper cartilage. Then, the jewelry is passed through the holes, connecting them together.

Industrial piercings have jewelry that is a barbell, you can opt for ones that are more embellished with charms, arrows or gemstones. This piercing is not for those who have a low pain tolerance.

This is a piercing known as the most painful type of ear piercings, and it requires two separate piercings on a sensitive part of the cartilage. It can take up to a year to heal for some people, with an average healing time of 6 to 9 months.

Not every type of ear piercing will work for everyone, so it’s very important to know what is involved with each type of piercing before you commit to one. It depends heavily on your personal style and how you want others to perceive you. You should also be sure to go to a reputable piercing shop.

Ready to Get Your Own Ear Piercing?

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